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Results as reported 15th January 2019

Thornbury Running Club hosted the Riverbank Rollick on Sunday, which is their first race of 3 for 2019. The race HQ was based at Castle School for the first time, which allowed for an expanded field of runners and all 500 entries were booked in record time, a testament to TRC’s reputation for organising friendly and well-run events.

The course length was increased to almost 10 miles, but still retained the original and much-loved route. There was the usual assortment of wet trails, slippery slopes, stream crossing and the arduous slog along the bank of the River Severn, where strong headwinds are guaranteed.

Ever since one of the Rollick Marshals randomly came dressed as Rupert the Bear a few years ago, the growing number of fancy dress outfits worn by Race Marshals reached epic proportions this year. Mr Blobby’s status as ‘King of the Riverbank’ came under threat from, among others, Banana Man, Big Bird, Elvis and a Sumo Wrestler. Even the helpers who were dressed in more sober attire enthusiastically encouraged all the runners around the course.

Weston AC’s Kieron Summers was a clear winner in the men’s race and was able to coast home in the last mile, his winning time was 1 hour 3:06 mins. Chepstow Harriers’ Paul Murrin and Jon Carter enjoyed their day over the other side of the bridge, taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively, which helped secure Chepstow the men’s team prize.

The women’s race was much more competitive and the top 3 were separated by less than a minute. Vicky Tester from Westbury Harriers was able to pull away in the final stages to win in 1 hour 10:57 mins from Weston’s Susan Duncan in 2nd and Chepstow’s Niki Morgan in 3rd. As well as the individual top prize, Westbury’s women won the team prize.

First Thornbury runner to cross the finish line was Hannah Kinloch, who was 7th women overall in an excellent time of 1 hour 16:47 mins and capped her day by winning the 18-39 age category. Other TRC results on the day included Richard Phillips 100th place in 1 hour 22:55 mins, Ian Shepherd 127th 1 hour 25:21 mins, Sean Underwood 233rd 1 hour 36:23 mins, Judy Mills 288th 1 hour 42:19 mins, Christopher Pritchard 1 hour 44:56 mins and Rebecca Twyman 421st 2 hours 5:25 mins.

At the end of the race there was plenty of fantastic cake and refreshments (including some bonus fudge kindly donated by Cakey McCakeface) which was very much appreciated by the runners and raised over £500 for the TRC charity for this year – PHASE – a local teenage mental health charity.

In other results, Brian Godsman was at Skatas parkrun in Sweden on Saturday and ran 23:42 mins. Laura Orna and Clare Evans ran personal bests at Severn Bridge parkrun in 20:37 mins and 30:25 mins. Pamela MacLeod completed the same course in 33:08 mins.

After appearing in the recent BBC documentary about Castle School Trust, Paul Harrod’s star continues to rise as he set a new personal best in an impressive time of 19:41 mins at Thornbury parkrun. Moray Sloan was the next TRC runner in 22:59 mins, Kevin Arnold 23:01 mins, Kevin Cundy new PB 23:42 mins, Martin Smith 24:54 mins, Ian Shepherd 25:40 mins, Arthur Renshaw 28:36 mins, Chris Lee 28:44 mins, David Palmer 29:23 mins, Richard Illingworth 31:31 mins and Anne Palmer 34:30 mins.

Brendan Griffiths donned his head torch again for another Welsh night race, this time a 5-mile off-road route through the Forest of Dean in Beechenhurst on 10th January. Brendan finished in 20th place in 37:27 mins.


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Results as reported 7th January 2019

The Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships were held at Rencomb College near Cirencester on Saturday and a smaller team of 8 Thornbury runners headed across to compete. The 3 women and 5 men were rewarded for their efforts with a demanding, yet scenic course through the undulating grounds of Rencomb College, with several stream crossings and a chilly detour across River Churn.

Laura Orna and Hannah Kinloch-Haken led the TRC team out amongst the top 20 runners. Laura extended her advantage on the second lap and finished in 15th place overall in 30:15 mins, the highest position of any of the female or male TRC runners this season. After forgetting her off-road trainers and having a spare pair provided on the start line by a team mate, Hannah did well to finish in 20th place in 31:01 mins. Judy Mills had her best result of the season, finishing in 60th overall and 2nd in the FV60 age category in 39:56 mins, which meant the ladies finished 8th out of 15 teams.

Nick Williams maintained his recent form and ran in good company to finish in 26th place in 39:13 mins. Will Hamilton made a quick return to the fray after making his cross-country debut in December in Wotton and fared well in 55th position in 43:32 mins. Martyn Green’s last appearance for the team was in the same fixture in 2018, so after a year out and a knee operation in between he should be very happy with his performance of 58th in 43:39 mins.

TRC cross-country Captain, Jim Godden, took one for the team, gamely completing the race while nursing a calf injury. Jim crossed the line in some discomfort in 98th place in 50:35 mins. Kevin Arnold did his now customary parkrun – cross-country double, completing the Cirencester parkrun in the morning in 24:04 mins and completing the cross country in the afternoon in 106th in 52:44 mins. The men’s team were 1 man short of registering a result in the overall team competition but finished 13th out of 15 in the vets team competition.

Rosina Rowland spent New Year’s Day running 30 miles along the North East coast in the Hardmoors 30. The route was circular between Robin’s Hoods Bay and Whitby before heading southwards along the Cleveland Way. Rosina’s latest ultra-marathon exploit was completed in 7 hours 33:52 mins and she finished in 155th place.

At Thornbury parkrun there were 10 TRC results, including Paul Thomas 20:59 mins, Richard Jackson in a new PB 22:14 mins, Ian Shepherd 23:02 mins, Martin Smith new PB 24:38 mins, Chris Foley 25:02 mins, David Palmer 26:43 mins, Josie Cole new PB 28:08 mins, Chris Lee 28:56 mins, Pamela MacLeod 33:35 mins and Anne Palmer 33:49 mins.

There were some quick times at Severn Bridge parkrun, Henry Orna and Kevin Wood set new PBs of 18:49 mins and 21:46 mins. Christopher Pritchard ran 26:22 mins and Clare Evans finished in 31:02 mins. At Chipping Sodbury parkrun, Paul Newnes ran 30:03 mins.


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Results as reported 1st January 2019

Amongst all the festive celebrations Thornbury’s runners were very busy burning off the calories during the end of year racing calendar. There were parkrun results galore with Race Directors and their teams generously volunteering their time to hold events on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Special mention to Henry Orna, Pamela Macleod, Paul Clark and Kevin Wood who all did a parkrun double on New Year’s Day. Henry and Kevin ran Chipping Sodbury in 19:10 mins and 22:22 mins while Paul ran 22:02 mins in Ashton Court. They all dashed across to Eastville Park for the later start time and Henry ran 20:21 mins, Paul 20:51 mins and Kevin finished in 23:13 mins. Pamela took advantage of the removal of the Severn Crossing toll to start her new year at Newport parkrun, which she ran in 33:51 mins, before heading across to the Riverfront parkrun in a quicker effort of 33:13 mins.

On Boxing Day, Ian Shepherd ran in the multi-terrain ‘Chester Round the Walls Race’. The race has been going since 1972 and starts and finishes on Roodee racecourse, with a lap of the narrow city walls in the middle and several flights of steps to contend with. Ian completed the 4.25-mile course in 99th place in 33:08 mins.

Closer to home there were TRC runners at the 4-mile Clevedon Boxing Day race, another long-standing fixture during the festive season. Richard Philips was the first Thornbury runner to finish in 303rd place in 30:15 mins, followed by Joanne Williams 362nd 31:14 mins, Mark Williams 501st 33:31 mins and Janet Gaze 859th 39:14 mins.

Rob Watkins and his canine companion, Poppy, travelled to Forest of Dean for Seven Sins Canicross on 29th December. The name of the race stems from the 7 hills the runners and their dogs must negotiate on this 7 mile off-road trail race. This was Rob and Poppy’s first race together, and they set a high bar for future races by earning a podium finish with 3rd place in 57:31 mins.

The final race of 2018 was the Wye Wander and 5 Thornbury runners were out on the Wye Valley trails and lush fields alongside the Chepstow racecourse for this 5-mile race. Conditions were much drier than 12 months previously, which made the narrow sections along the valley less precarious and the deep-water hazard more of a puddle. Nick Williams jostled with the leaders and was in third place for much of the race, before a strong finishing Chepstow runner came through the field. Nick still finished in an excellent 4th place overall in 31:24 mins. Matt Johnstone was in the next group of runners and finished in 7th place and 2nd MV40 in 33:05 mins. Laura Orna had another strong run and finished in 26th place overall and 4th woman in 37:14 mins. Hannah Kinloch Haken was not far behind and finished one place behind in the women’s standings and 31st overall in 38:03 mins. Paul Thomas was next in 38th place in 38:54 mins.

Happy New Year from Matt.

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Results as reported 18th December 2018

Thornbury RC bid farewell to their recent Chairman and Head Coach, Craig Carscadden, who is moving to Cornwall to start a new job. As well as guiding a legion of Thornbury runners to new personal bests and chairing the committee, Craig was awarded an MBE in the most recent end of year honours list in recognition of his services to athletes with disabilities and to the Paralympics. Craig competed on the track in 5000m in 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta and coached athletes in 2000 and 2004 Games.

Thornbury RC’s Ian Shepherd is a regular at the ‘Weston Prom’, a monthly 5-mile blast along the Weston-super-Mare waterfront. The times were slower than usual on 13th December, as the runners struggled in the colder conditions. Ian finished in 154th in 39:36 mins.

3 Thornbury runners were amongst a field of almost 700 runners at the picturesque Westonbirt Christmas 10k on Sunday. Chris Pritchard was the first across the line in 277th place in 57:14 mins, followed by Arthur Renshaw in 298th in 58:14 mins, which was over 4 minutes quicker than he managed in the same race last year. Emma Pritchard was 311th overall in 57:57 mins.

Laura Orna was 1st woman and 2nd overall finisher at Thornbury parkrun in 21:59 mins on Saturday. Kevin Arnold ran close to his best with a time of 22:49 mins, followed by Martin Smith with a new personal best of 25:35 mins, John Mann 26:05 mins and Ian Shepherd 32:14 mins.

At Chipping Sodbury parkrun Anne Palmer ran 32:39 and Carol Mosses recorded a time of 38:03. Brian Godsman was flying the Thornbury flag in Sweden at Skatas parkrun and ran 23:59 mins. Pamela Macleod was back on Severn Bridge and completed the 5k distance in 33:42 mins.


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Results as reported this week – 4th December 2018

A horde of runners, many decked out in festive fancy dress, descended around the trails and through the woods of Old Down Country Park on Saturday for the Old Down Santa Run, and 4 Thornbury runners featured in the 2 lap main 10k event.

Dylan Roberts and Brendan Griffiths quickly established themselves at the front of the pack, and it was Dylan who was leading after the first lap with Brendan in 4th place chasing a podium place. The experienced Ken Ham from Westbury Harriers, formerly a Thornbury runner, overtook Dylan on the second lap but it was a close affair with only 9 seconds separating the top two places. Dylan will take heart from a good performance in 2nd place in 49:17 mins. Brendan races infrequently but still manages to produce good results, and this was no exception with a 4th place finish in 51:28 mins.  Sean Underwood is on the comeback trail after a season best by injury and finished 30th in 1 hour 5:42 mins. Rachael Underwood ran well to finish in the top half of the field in 50th place in 1 hour 12:36 mins.

Paul Clark ran in The AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon on 24th November, which was contested along the country lanes outside Trowbridge. Paul was happy with his performance on the day, finishing 42nd overall in 1 hour 30:13 mins.

Henry Orna was in good form at Norwich parkrun on Saturday, running his quickest time to date in parkrun events in 18:54 mins. Terry Robinson was the lone Thornbury runner at Severn Bridge parkrun and ran 47:27 mins.

William Hamilton is a recent recruit to the Thornbury ranks and showed great promise with a 19:08 mins performance at Chipping Sodbury parkrun. Kevin Wood was next in 22:37 mins, followed by David Palmer 26:17 mins, Anne Palmer 32:24 mins and Pamela Macleod, who knocked off half a minute from her previous best in 33:26 mins.

Kevin Arnold set a much-improved personal best time of 22:44 mins on the Thornbury parkrun course and was followed by Joanne Emerson who was third woman to finish in 23:55 mins. Ian Shepherd was next in 24:06 mins, Brian Godsman 24:12 mins, Mike Bennewitz 25:40 mins and Peter Blenkiron 26:52 mins.


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27th November 2018 – Results as reported this week

After the success of last year’s away day to South Devon, a team of 24 Thornbury RC runners travelled down in a coach on Sunday for the ‘Bicton Blister’ and the shorter ‘Bicton Blister Light’, followed by celebratory pub lunch.

The Bicton Blister is a 10-mile off-road race on an undulating course through the pebbled heathlands of Bicton and Woodbury common and the shorter ‘Light’ is a 4.5-mile raceRob Watkins was the fastest TRC runner on the day by some distance in the 10-mile race, finishing 32nd overall out of over 400 runners and 3rd MV45 in 1 hour 11:10 mins. Paul Thomas was next in 104th place 1 hour 22:24 mins, Joanne Emerson was first TRC woman and 124th overall in 1 hour 24:43 mins, Chris Foley 174th 1 hour 29:34 mins, Brian Godsman 175th 1 hour 29:35 mins, Kevin Cundy 207th 1 hour 33:18 mins, Hugh McPherson 247th  1 hour 37:41 mins and Angela Bushell 248th 1 hour 37:49 mins. Malcolm Carr was next in 295th and was closely pursued by the fast finishing Judy Mills in 298th 1 hour 45:01 mins, then Karen Carr 373rd 1 hour 56:52 mins, Rebecca Dunsford 379th 1 hour 57:49 mins, Arthur Renshaw 395th 2 hours 3:58 mins, John Grimsey 399th 2 hours 4:46 mins and finally John Watt in 2 hours 4:49 mins.

There was an experienced TRC team taking part in the Bicton Blister Light with 7 of the runners over the age of 65 and 3 over 70. Jerry Clothier led the team home in 36th place in 49:43 mins and was the first in the M70 age category. Janet Gaze was next in 57th and took top prize in the F65 age category in 53:31 mins. Richard Illingworth was next in 62nd in 54:24 mins, Peter Mainstone was 76th in 59:06 mins, Sylvia Fox 82nd 1 hour 00:27 mins, Johanna Stirrup 96th 1 hour 15:03 mins, Alan Gaze 97th 1 hour 15:39 mins, Valerie James 98th 1 hour 18:19 mins and Helen Renshaw 99th 1 hour 18:19 mins.

The longest standing TRC club record is the women’s 5k, set by Judy Nutting in 1986 with a time of 20:02 mins. Laura Orna made a significant step towards challenging Judy’s mark, knocking off over half a minute from her previous best with a time of 20:31 mins at Chipping Sodbury parkrun on Saturday. Kevin Wood ran 22:47 mins on the same course.

Hannah Kinloch-Haken is another who should threaten the 20 min barrier this season, Hannah was the first woman on the hilly Thornbury parkrun course in 21:36 mins, followed by Ian Shepherd in 24:49 mins and Peter Blenkiron 26:25 mins.

Other TRC parkrun results included Andrew Darton in Didcot in 21:10 mins, and David and Anne Palmer in Swindon in times of 27:50 mins and 33:20 mins. Pamela Macleod ran 33:03 mins at Severn Bridge parkrun.

In this month’s Weston Prom Run there were 2 TRC entrants for this 5 mile midweek road race. Ian Shepherd improved on his time in the same race a month before, finishing 191st in 38:30 mins. John Grimsey was 332nd in 54:21 mins.


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19th November – Results as reported this week

Dylan Roberts is used to speeding around race tracks as a former motorbike racer, so found himself in familiar surroundings at Castle Coombe for the DB Max Chilly 10k on Sunday. Dylan is gradually recovering his speed after completing an Ironman triathlon in September and completed the three laps of Castle Coombe in 37th place in 38:59 mins.

Henry Orna ran in his 50th parkrun at the weekend, not far from Arsenal’s home ground at Highbury Fields in Islington. Henry’s finishing time was 20:12 mins. At Thornbury parkrun there were 11 home runners, Jim Godden was the fastest of the group and 3rd finisher in 20:25 mins. Andrew Darton was next in 21:35 mins, followed by Moray Sloan in 23:47 mins, Hugh McPherson 24:45 mins, Chris Foley broke 25 mins for the first time in 24:48 mins, Mike Bennewitz 25:54 mins, Peter Blenkiron 27:15 mins, Richard Jackson 28:05 mins, Rebecca Dunsford 28:31 mins, Karen Carr 28:33 mins and Nigel Hale 30:35 mins.

Paul Harrod was trailing behind his son, James, who was first finisher at Wotton parkrun. However, Paul still managed a decent time of 20:27 mins. At Eastville parkrun Kevin Arnold ran  23:17 mins.

Kevin Wood ran 22:25 mins at Chipping Sodbury, followed by Sarah Newnes in a new personal best of 25:21 mins. Emma Pritchard ran a new PB of 27:41 mins, Christopher Pritchard was next in 28:18 mins and Paul Newnes 31:21 mins.


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13th November – Results as reported this week

Thornbury RC’s Henry Orna and Matt Johnstone took part in 2 challenging local trail races at the weekend. Henry travelled to just outside Bath for the aptly named ‘Bath Hilly Half’, a 2 lap race over the half marathon distance which starts and finishes on Bath Racecourse and features an assortment of exhausting climbs. Henry was coming into Sunday’s race after a strong run in the previous weekend’s cross country and carried over his form to the hiller Cotswold Way terrain. His finishing position in the ‘Hilly Half’ was 19th overall in a very competitive field in 1 hour 47:24 mins.

Matt joined the masses at the highly popular Sodbury Slog on Sunday morning. The Sodbury Slog is held on Remembrance Sunday and observes a two-minute silence and playing of the Last Post before the multi-terrain 10-mile race starts on the outskirts of Chipping Sodbury town centre. As well as a selection of fields, muddy paths and steep hills to negotiate, the ‘Slog’ is well known for its thigh-deep water hazards and deep muddy trenches. The organisers added some off-road sections for this year’s race and even had 4000 gallons of water on standby if one of the sections was not deep enough.

After gaining some places in the first half of the race, Matt lost a similar amount of places in the second half after succumbing to the effects of one of the leg-sapping muddy trenches. Matt’s final position was 14th overall and 4th in the MV40 age category in 1 hour 12:25 mins.

The Severn Bridge hosted 2 evening 5-mile races last week. The first race on Wednesday evening was ran in a howling wind. Rebecca Dunsford had a very eventful race, falling heavily mid-way through, but gamely battled on to finish 257th in a time of 54:15 mins. On Friday evening it was the turn of Carina Cobb, who was 330th in 1 hour 16:57 mins.

There was plenty of parkrun action from Thornbury runners on Saturday. On the home course, Dylan Roberts was 3rd finisher in 20:21 and was followed by Hannan Kinlock-Haken 22:10 mins and 2nd female finisher, Moray Sloan 23:14 mins, John Mann 25:34 mins, Malcolm Carr 28:13 mins, Nigel Hale 31:46 mins and Peter Blenkiron 43:20 mins.

On Severn Bridge, Clare Evans ran 30:53 mins and Pamela Macleod 32:33 mins. Paul Newnes was the lone TRC runner at Chipping Sodbury and finished in 32:08 mins. Nick Langridge finished Stonehouse parkrun in 22:03 mins and Kevin Arnold was back on Eastville Park, his time was 24:53 mins. David Palmer ran 27:21 mins at Worcester parkrun, followed by Anne Palmer in 34:14 mins.

In the north of the country, Rachael Underwood had her first run at Sheffield Hallam parkrun, her time was 27:47 mins and Carol Mosses ran 40:41 mins at Bolton parkrun.



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6th November – Results as reported this week

The second round of the Gloucestershire Cross Country league rolled into Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, on Saturday and Thornbury RC were well represented again. A combined team of 19 men and women were proudly wearing the blue and red of the Thornbury vest, including three making their cross-country debuts.

Last year’s race was a mud bath on the same route, but thankfully Saturday’s contest was a more straightforward test of running ability and stamina, as the undulating course was firm and fast.

In the women’s 6.7k race, Laura Orna had another excellent performance, finishing in 31st place overall in a swift 29:27 mins. Jo Emerson and Clare Watt were the next Thornbury runners, Jo was 65th in 31:49 mins and Clare Watt was 72nd in 32:15 mins. Clare had the best age group result of all the Thornbury women with a fantastic 3rd place finish in the LV55 age category.

Sarah Newnes was back for more after making her first cross-country appearance last month at Old Down, this time she was 129th in 36:40 mins. Maddie Parrott was 139th in 37:34 mins, followed by Judy Mills in 150th in 39:04 mins. Josie Cole and Rebecca Dunsford were both making their first appearance for the club in the cross-country team and made a good first impression, Josie was 152nd in 39:30 mins and Rebecca was 166th in 43:08 mins.

Each runner’s position counts towards the team result, with the first 3 runners from each club making up the A team in the women’s race and the first 6 runners in the men’s teams. The Thornbury A team were in the top half of the competition in the women’s field, finishing 17th out of 41 teams and thanks to the great turnout there was a B team which finished 39th. In the women’s Vets competition for runners over 40, the A team was 13th and the B team was 26th out of 28 teams.

Nick Williams was consigned to the role of Club Photographer in the first round, while recuperating from a knee injury. On Saturday, Nick made a welcome return to the fray in the men’s 9.6k race with a strong run amongst some of the best local club runners. After the usual frantic start, Nick settled down into a good pace and finished 59th out of a large field of almost 250 runners in 37:11 mins.

Henry Orna bided his time and ran a well-judged race to finish second of the Thornbury men in 101st place in 39:49 mins, closely followed by Dylan Roberts in 104th in 39:52 mins. Dave Beard had one of his best runs for the club, finishing in 116th in 40:26 mins.

Cross Country Club Captain, Jim Godden, had the best age group result of all the men – finishing in 3rd place in the MV55 category and 132nd overall in 40:49 mins. Paul Clark was 149th in 41:43 mins, followed by Nick Langridge, who was over 3 minutes quicker than his time in last year’s race, in 200th place in 45:23 mins. Kevin Arnold was 226th in 47:57 mins.

Brian Godsman was experiencing the delights of cross country for the first time and was 227th in 48:03 mins. Steve Dimond and Duncan Pauly both ran in the first round at Old Down and finished in 242nd and 248th in Saturday’s race in 50:59 mins and 56:45, respectively.

The men’s team was 15th out of 25 teams and in the Vets competition the A team were 7th and 24th out of 24 teams.

Earlier in the day on Saturday there were several Thornbury parkrun results. At Eastville parkrun, Ian Shepherd ran 23:48 mins and Kevin Arnold warmed up for the cross-country later that day by running 24:47 mins. Leighton Prescott ran 29:59 mins at Chipping Sodbury and Carol Mosses ran a new personal best on the same course in 38:02 mins. In the previous week, Carol had run 1 hour 2:31 mins at the 5 mile Weston Prom Run in 308th place. At Hove Promenade parkrun Pamela Macleod ran 31:55 mins.

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